He did it; he popped the question on Valentine's Day! Now the real fun begins. You’ve been dreaming of this moment your entire life, but now that it is a reality you can’t help but wonder if planning a wedding is going to be too much to handle. Relax. You have plenty of time. If you plan carefully, you will have the time to enjoy every moment of the process.
Wondering where to start? Here are a few tips brides everywhere should follow to make their engagement the most enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
One of the most important decisions you will make regarding your upcoming nuptials is the date. This will dictate the style, the timetable for planning, and maybe even the guest list. Once you have a set date, you can plan accordingly.
Set a Budget
No one likes to think about finances when planning the wedding of their dreams, but let’s be realistic; weddings can be expensive and depending on your budget, some decisions may have to be made.
List Your Wedding Priorities
Once you know how much you have to spend, begin the planning process by listing your priorities, starting with the most important. Some people want to focus on the photographer, while others spend more on the venue. No one can, or should, tell you where to focus those wedding dollars; just be sure that you have a clear idea of those must-haves.
Book Those Priority Vendors Right Away!
If you have always dreamed of having the band that played at your parent‘s wedding play at yours or you want the area’s hottest photographer snapping those priceless images, get on the phone and book them now. Remember, vendors can only do one wedding per day, and when they are booked, they are booked. In many cases, photographers, DJ’s and even popular venues are booked one to three years in advance! Be sure to get the vendors you want by booking them as soon as possible.
Pick a Style
Now, this is where the real fun comes in — choosing the style for your wedding. Hit Pinterest, bridal magazines, and your friend’s brains for inspiration. This is the time to think about whether you want an ultra-formal ceremony and reception or a more casual bohemian style. Remember, your style will determine a lot of other things including the colors, venue, decorations, invitations, food, and yes, the all-important dress!
Go Dress Shopping!
Now for the one event you have been looking most forward to (other than the wedding itself) — picking the perfect dress! Begin your search by browsing online to see what styles, fabrics and designers you like. Then make an appointment with The Perfect Bride. We are here to make your dress shopping experience just that — an experience! Our selection of wedding dresses and bridal accessories is second to none. Whether you've had your eye on the latest Justin Alexander line or have no idea where to begin, our friendly experts are here to pamper you and guide you through your search. We have a wide range of sample sizes in stock and specialize in classic, elegant designs that will take your breath away. Your bridal consultant can help you complete your look with the perfect veil, shoes, and jewelry to coordinate with your gown. We can also outfit your bridesmaids, mothers (don't forget your new in-law!), and flower girls with beautiful styles they will love to wear. You can count on us for expert dress alterations, too.
Don’t get overwhelmed by all of the details of planning a wedding. Yes, there’s a lot to do, but if you plan correctly, you can make your entire engagement a fun-filled time of planning and preparation. Let The Perfect Bride ease your anxiety by starting your engagement off right – with the perfect wedding gown! Call us today to schedule an appointment.